News: Locomotives

This report lists locomotives that are available or in the works. This page may also contain detailing parts and other items applicable to locomotives.

February 19, 2020

American Models Announces New Locomotive Paint Schemes

by American Models
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American Models announced that they will do a run of their GP35 locomotives in the BNSF paint scheme. Also announced were a Milwaukee Road GP9 and S-12, and a Lehigh Valley RS-3.

February 09, 2020

Port Lines Hobby Supply Updates

AF NH EP-5 End-pilot

by Port Lines Hobby Supply
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3D-printed replacement part.

AF 0-8-0 Cab Curtain Cover

by Port Lines Hobby Supply
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3D-printed parts for AF enthusiasts.

January 30, 2020

3D-printed Locomotive Detailing Parts

by AS3DSolutions
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Bud Rindfleisch drew our attention to this company that specializes in locomotive detailing parts, including for S-scale. They offer air horns (shown), exhausts, fans, filter hatches, various clear lights (for use with 0402 SMD LEDs), plows, stanchions, steps, jacking pads, and winterization parts.

December 19, 2019

3D-printed Trolleys

Ohio Electric Combine

by Interurban Traction Models
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This 3D-printed kit will provide the body, the pilot, door steps, four dummy poles, and two Taylor truck frames. The modeler will need to provide the chassis and mechanism, as well as an optional interior and exterior details.

November 29, 2019

3D-printed Locomotive Details

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"Wutter Vehicles and Details", a company listed on the 3D-printing web site, Shapeways, have up-sized some of their HO-scale designs to S-scale. They also offer speaker enclosures. These Nathan M3 horns face forward and back. There are ten per package.

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These Nathan M3 horns are all forward-facing. There are ten per package.

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Winterization hatches for SD38, SD40, and SD40-2 locomotives with a 48" fan. These will also fit F45 and FP45 locomotives. There are two per package (ignore the "N-scale" mention in the description).

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NP and Frisco Gyralight. There are 12 per package.

September 29, 2019

Chesapeake & Ohio 4-6-2

Southern Pacific F-19

by River Raisin Models
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Slated for late 2019, River Raisin Models is importing Chesapeake & Ohio 4-6-2 (Pacific) steam locomotives. These were class "F-17" and "F-19" engines. The models will come DCC-ready. Optional Loksound DCC can be ordered for your model.

Southern Pacific F-17

September 29, 2019

Southern Pacific 4-6-2

Southern Pacific #2487

by River Raisin Models
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Slated for late 2019, River Raisin Models is importing Southern Pacific 4-6-2 (Pacific) steam locomotives. These were class "P-10" engines. The models will come DCC-ready. Optional Loksound DCC can be ordered for your model.

Southern Pacific #2484

Southern Pacific #2482

Southern Pacific #2479

September 12, 2019

37-ton Shays Arrive

37-ton Shay

by P-B-L
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P-B-L announces that they have available the various 37-ton Shays which arrived in mid-August 2019.

September 08, 2019

The U36C Are In

U36c Locomotives

by Lionel
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People have been receiving their pre-orders for the Lionel U36C. There are two road numbers each for the following road names:
Milwaukee Road
Seaboard Coast Line
They appear to still be available for order directly from Lionel or from your favorite dealer.

August 30, 2019

Rubber Diesel Locomotive Hoses

Rubber Diesel Locomotive Hoses

by Des Plaines Hobbies
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Des Plaines Hobbies releases a new detailing set that includes rubber air hoses, MU hoses, and signal lines for detailing your S-scale diesel locomotives. Part # SSA126.

August 14, 2019

B.T.S. Details Available

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B.T.S. announces that they have the following detailing parts back in stock:
- #02025: EMD Roof Lift Rings
- #02068: ALCO Truck Sideframe Set, 4-wheel
(sideframes are also available with shortened leaf spring to better fit AM FA units).

March 31, 2019

Lionel's Upcoming GP-7 Project

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Dave Olson, Director of Engineering at Lionel, describes what they are doing different with this version of the engine.

March 03, 2019

Nathan M-series Horns


Bud Rindfleisch has started a project to have M-series horns created. There will be two M3 horns and three M3R1 horns on a sprue. He is hoping to have the first test sprue in hand by the end of March. Expect pricing to be in line with brass prices for horn details. A page dedicated to the prototype horns can be found on this page. If you would like to let Bud know that you are interested in purchasing these when they are done, please contact him via the e-mail link.

February 17, 2019

DL-109 Resin Cast Body

New Haven Prototype

by NE Prototypes


NE Prototypes, owned by Bill Morris, has created a master for the shell (only!) of an Alco DL-109 in S-scale. The idea is that the modeler puts this body on a stretched American Models PA chassis. The shell costs around $100.

Update: Bill reports that the first run was successfully completed and those that ordered them should have received them by now.

Bill is planning on doing another run of these shells, but has had to switch to a new caster. Until everything is worked out and he is happy with the new caster, you can place your order on a waiting list, but there is currently no known due date. Remember, this is just for the body only, so no railroad-specific detailing. The modeler will need to provide everything else to complete the model. These locomotives were bought by the ATSF, CNW, GMO, Milwaukee, NH, RI, and Southern.

November 05, 2018

American Models Announces 4-6-2 with Vanderbilt Tenders

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At the Fall S Fest, American Models had a pre-production sample available of their re-issued 4-6-2 Pacific locomotive, but this time with a Vanderbilt tender. The engine is expected to be available in Spring 2019. Prices are set at $500 for DC (scale or hi-rail), and $550 or $600 for AC hi-rail (all with sound and smoke). Click the photo to read Rich's report on the show, and see more photos. Photo courtesy of Rich Gajnak.

March 23, 2018

PRR 2-8-0 Project

by B.T.S.
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Bill Wade, of B.T.S., announced that the PRR 2-8-0 project, which was started in 2005, is still very much an active one. However, the project has had a number of serious setbacks which are delaying its completion. One such setback was an earthquake in New Zealand that destroyed most of the research data and some of the production items. So far the master for the tender is complete (including the Lines West coal bunker version), and several of the engine's smaller parts are finished. Update: A new designer/builder in New Zealand has been found, and the person is working with B.T.S. to attempt to recreate this locomotive. Bill is asking for your patience, and your continued purchases of B.T.S. products, so that funds are available to bring this locomotive into reality.

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